Middle School Message

April 21, 2023

Our mission: We are a community of learners inspiring each child to explore, grow, and achieve.

Cinco De Mayo Dance--Update

Our dance on May 5 was originally scheduled to be after school, but it will now be held during the school day. Students will be allowed to attend based on the PRIDE cards they are earning for state testing. Students who do not earn pride cards during testing will have a study hall at the end of the day to catch up on ICU work. There will be a concession stand available during the dance and students may bring cash for those items.

State Testing

State Testing is upon us. Middle school students take state tests in ELA and Math each year, as well as a Science test in 8th grade. The dates for state testing this year are:

April 25/25--Science (8th)

May 2/3--Math

We will take state tests first thing on those mornings and then we have a shortened version of our bell schedule for the remainder of the day. Please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and has breakfast on testing days. Avoid scheduling appointments on these days in the mornings. Students who miss on state testing days will be pulled from class a different day to make up the test.

Warm Weather and Dress Code

Parents--as the temperatures rise, please take a moment to review the dress code with your children. I am seeing a lot of belly shirts and short shorts. We will be reviewing dress code with students next week and will be asking students to change if they are wearing these items:

Short tops (showing bare stomach), low cut tops, tank tops/muscle shirts, spaghetti straps are not permitted. (Note: tank tops with thick straps are okay as long as they are not low cut.)

Cut-off T-shirts are not permitted.

Short shorts.

I know shorts and tank tops can be a judgement call. I'm including a picture of appropriate shorts and a tank. Shorts shorter than this are too short. (Please note: even though the photo is a young lady, the rules apply to both boys and girls.)

Upcoming Events

April 25/26--8th gr. Science Ohio State Test (6th/7th STAR Testing) ** Special Bell Schedule

May 2/3--Math Ohio State Testing(all grades)**Special Bell Schedule

May 2--Home Track Meet

May 4--MS Musical "Music Man Kids"

May 5--Cinco de Mayo during school

May 11--Kona Ice

May 12--Reality Store for 7th Graders

May 16--MS Band Concert

May 17--PTO Meeting, 6 pm

May 19--Student Council/NJHS to Kings Island

May 23-26--8th Grade Trip to DC

May 25--Kids' Last Day

Reality Store - Volunteer Opportunity

Lakewood Education Foundation is hosting Reality Store for our 7th grade students on Friday, May 12, 2023 from 8:00am - 10:30am. This is a financial literacy event that allows our students to better understand the true cost of living by staying with in a set budget and making purchasing decisions at stations set up in the gym. Students will decide how much to spend on groceries, pay for childcare, if they can afford a pet, and a number of other real life spending choices. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Cassie Kane at lakewoodedfoundation@gmail.com.
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Free and Reduced Lunch

Lunch charges are beginning to add up for some students. Please be sure your child brings money for meals or has enough funds on their accounts each week. If charges are unpaid, you will receive a reminder notice, email, or phone call.

I strongly encourage you to apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals if you think your child may be eligible. Free/reduced meal prices are listed below and the information is confidential. One application per household is all you need to complete.

Student breakfast

Regular price - $1.50; Reduced price - 30¢

Student lunch

Regular price - $3.00; Reduced price - 40¢

Milk - 50¢ for all

Free or Reduced Lunch Application (Printable Version) 2022-2023

Free or Reduced Lunch Application (Online Version) 2022-2023

Electronic Free or Reduced Meal Application Instructions

Much more information is available on our Food Service page at:


ICU--After School Help

Does your child have a lot of missing assignments or need homework help? Sign them up for After-School ICU. Twice a week, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, we provide after-school intervention from 2:30-3:30. A middle school teacher will stay after school with your child and help him/her get caught up. You can sign your child up for this using this link: https://bit.ly/ICUSignUp
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After-School Activities at LMS

Lakewood is pleased to offer the following After-School Activities to students.

STEAM/Future City (Advisor: Matt Frischen) --done for the year

Girls Who Code (run by HS students, Advisor: Mark Vukovic) meets every other Tuesday 2:30-3:30 in the Library

After School Choir (Advisor: Deb Coffey) meets Wednesdays 2:45-4:00 pm in Room 140

Student Council (Students are elected by their peers, Advisors Michelle Vayansky and Mel Lanning) Meets: 3/8, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/17 until 4:00 pm)

National Junior Honor Society (Application process, Advisor: Jeanine Fairburn) meets 3/30, 4/10 until 3:30 pm

Yearbook Club (Advisors: Jeanine Fairburn and Katie Brehmer) meets 12/12, 1/3, and then every Monday after 2:45-3:30 pm

Multicultural Club (Advisors: Claire Goins and Mark Vukovic) meets every other Thursday after school in room 705